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  • Punjab govt launched a mobile app named iHariyali to offer free saplings

    Punjab govt launched a mobile app named "i-Hariyali" under 'Mission Tandarust' to offer free saplings for users. The users can book a sapling of their choice, a maximum of 25 per person, from a nearby government nursery.

    Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches National Digital Library of India

    The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar has launched the new digital initiative of HRD Ministry ‘National Digital Library of India’ (NDL) on the occasion of National Reading Day in New Delhi. The digital library at present hosts 17 million-plus items (books, audiobooks, images etc) in 200-plus languages from more than 170 institutions.

    Railways to become Net Zero Carbon emitter by 2030, announced by Union Minister Piyush Goyal

    Indian Railways will become a “net zero” carbon emitter by 2030, with the current action plans on anvil for 100 per cent electrification, coupled with renewable strategies. This has been announced by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal while addressing the Rail Contact 2018 conference organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

    Three Day National Yoga Olympiad 2018 began in New Delhi

    For the third consecutive year, National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) organised three-day National Yoga Olympiad-2018 in New Delhi. In this, 500 students from 26 states and four regional educational institutions are taking part. Two books named "Joy of Theater" and "Music" were also released on this occasion.

    BJP corporator has demanded to name flyover after Sridevi in Mumbai

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Yogiraj Dabhadkar has demanded to name flyover on Mogra nullah at Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri after late Sridevi. Sridevi started her career in Bollywood as a child artiste in the film Julie, acted in several popular movies. Along with Hindi films, she also acted in Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil films. In 2013, Sridevi was felicitated with the Padmashri award by the Centre for her achievements in the field of acting.

    Haryana government introduced a scheme to give school kids 50 rupees for planting trees

    The Haryana government has decided to introduce a scheme under which school children will be given ₹50 for planting trees every six months for a period of three years. The scheme will cover students from Classes 6 to 12 of both government and private schools. It will be launched on July 10.

    Two petrol tankers caught fire in Kaduru in Karnataka

    Two petrol tankers overturned and caught fire in Chikmagalur's Kaduru in Karnataka. As many as 20 houses were burned down.

    President Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect

    President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect. The move comes within 24 hours of the breakdown of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance in the state. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her team of ministers submitted their resignation to Governor NN Vohra. Following this, Governor Vohra forwarded his report to President Kovind for the imposition of Governor's rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of J&K.

    Anukreethy Vas From Tamil Nadu Crowned 2018 Femina Miss India

    Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old Tamil Nadu college student, has been crowned Femina Miss India 2018 in a grand ceremony in Mumbai hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Kurrana. Anukreethy Vas was previously crowned fbb Colours Femina Miss Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was the first runner-up while Shreya Rao Kamavarapu from Andhra Pradesh secured the second runner-up position. Anukreethy Vas will now represent India at Miss World 2018 while the two runners-up will represent the country at Miss Grand International 2018 and Miss United Continents 2018 respectively.

    Mehbooba Mufti resigns as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister

    Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), potentially pushing the state towards Governor’s rule. She handed over her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

    Indian Government to team up with Google for flood forecasting

    Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari has expressed that Union Government's collaboration with Google will help in effective flood management in India. The Central Water Commission (CWC), India’s apex technical organisation in the field of Water Resources, on June 18, 2018 signed a Collaboration Agreement with Google for flood forecasting.

    SAARC fund to launch social enterprise programme in India and 7 other member nations

    Thimpu-based SAARC Development Fund (SDF) will soon be launching a Social Enterprise Development Programme (SEDP) to fund 80 entities annually across the 8-member states including India. SDF was established by the Heads of the eight SAARC member states in April 2010 and its Governing Council comprises finance ministers of these eight countries. Full form of SAARC - South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC members are - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    ICGS Rani Rashmoni ship was commissioned at Vizag

    Additional Director General of the Coast Guard VSR Murthy commissioned the last of the five Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) project of Indian Coast Guard, ICGS  ‘Rani Rashmoni’, in Visakhapatnam. So far four such ships such as ICGS Rani Abbakka, ICGS Rani Avanti Bai, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS Rani Gaidinliu, have been commissioned and are in active service at various locations on the eastern seaboard.

    China unveils 4 point vision for future cooperation with India

    On June 18, 2018, Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui unveiled a four-point vision for future cooperation with India. This is followed by the informal summit between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The four-point vision are: 1) Sign a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation 2) Negotiate a bilateral Free Trade Agreement 3) Enhance connectivity 4) Work for early harvest on boundary issues.

    India will become 5 Trillion dollar Economy and the worlds third largest consumer market by 2025, President Kovind reported in Greece

    Addressing the diaspora in Athens, President Ram Nath Kovind reported that India is striving to become a $5 trillion economy and the world's third largest consumer market by 2025. President Ram Nath Kovind also highlighted investment opportunities in the country.  According to the World Bank and IMF, India's growth rate is going to be high. Currently India's economy is estimated at $2.5 trillion.

    Ratan Tata is the only Indian Investor in Xiaomi, IPO Filing Reveals

    As per Xiaomi’s IPO documents, Ratan Tata is the only Indian investor in the company, which has built a name for itself on the back of affordable quality smartphones. Tata’s investment in the company is now worth close to $2.1 million - a twofold jump in four years.

    India And Nepal To Have Four New Air Gateways

    India has agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in the eastern and western parts of the country. This aims at facilitating movement of international traffic. The four routes that India agreed to make two-way are 1) Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, 2) Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata 3) Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in the eastern part of Nepal and 4) Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) in the west.

    India is planning to gift a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles

    India plans to gift Seychelles a Dornier aircraft this month -- second such aircraft that could be gifted to the Indian Ocean Region. An Indo-French-Seychelles trilateral cooperation may safeguard India’s strategic interests in the key Indian Ocean country amid China’s growing interests in the region.

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj started 7 day tour to 4 European Nations

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for a seven-day tour (from June 17-23) of Italy, France, Luxembourg and Belgium, which is aimed at deepening India's strategic engagement and trade ties with the four European countries. India and France are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Strategic Partnership. President of the European Commission - Jean-Claude Juncker President of the European Parliament - Antonio Tajani

    India proposes 241 mn dollar retaliatory tariffs on 30 products imported from the US

    India has proposed to introduce $240-million retaliatory tariffs on a list of 30 items imported from the US, including motor cycle, certain iron and steel goods, boric acid and lentils. India had asked the US to exempt it from its tariffs on steel and aluminium, but US rejected the request. India has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the list, including apples, almonds and motorcycles, on which it intends to impose tariffs.

    Anu Kumari, 18 year old girl becomes 1st to pass Class 10 in Jharkhand village

    Anu Kumari belongs to the Parahiya tribe, an 18-year-old girl became the first person in Uchwawal village in Jharkhand’s Latehar district to clear the 10th matriculation examination conducted by the Jharkhand Academic Council.  

    Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy demanded full statehood for his Union Territory, after Delhi Assembly passed the resolution for full statehood

    Addressing the governing council of NITI Ayog in New Delhi, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has renewed the demand for Statehood with special status for the Union Territory. He claimed Puducherry faces the same issues as Delhi. Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has been slowing down the process of governance by rejecting or delaying the government project, but despite that the elected government is functioning.

    States have collected taxes worth 10,000 crore rupees since the rollout of Transport Mission Mode Project

    States have collected taxes worth ₹10,000 crore online since the rollout of Transport Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the Centre's e-Governance initiative. Over 19 crore vehicles and 10 crore driving license records have come under the National Register. Two flagship applications under Transport MMP -- "Vahan" and "Sarathi" are implemented. Vahan -- deal with vehicle registration, taxation, permit, fitness and associated services; while Sarathi is related to driving licence, learner licence, driving schools and related activities. Over 50 lakh national permits have been issued online.

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits Virgin Hyperloop One test site in US

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited one of "Virgin Hyperloop One" test sites in the US. This visit follows the MoU signed by the state government with the Virgin Group to build the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop at an estimated cost of ₹20,000 crore. The Hyperloop is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes. In February 2018, Virgin Hyperloop One founder and chairman Richard Branson had signed an agreement in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Fadnavis to take up the Mumbai-Pune project.

    Meghana becomes 1st woman IAF fighter pilot from south India

    Flying Officer Meghana Shanbough MR from Karnataka has become the first woman Indian Air Force fighter pilot from south India. Before her, only five other female fighter pilots have joined the ranks. She graduates from the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Dundigal.

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated three 100 MW solar power projects erected at Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli districts

    Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Company Affairs, Shri Piyush Goyal inaugurated Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)’s three 100 MW Solar Power Projects which are situated at Thoppalaakkarai and Sethupuram in Virudhunagar District and Sellaiya Sezhiyanallur in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu. These projects were erected at a cost of Rs.1300 Crores, which includes Operation & Maintenance cost for 15 Years.

    Indian Railways to issue Credit card like medical cards to employees, retirees

    The Railways has decided to replace the existing book-like medical cards issued to its employees and pensioners with credit card-like health cards carrying unique all-India number. At present, the medical cards issued by the zonal railways are in the form of booklets which resemble ration cards. Currently, railway has around 13 lakh employees and around the same number of pensioners and all their dependents are eligible to use the medical card.

    21 Indian cities including Delhi, Bengaluru to run out of groundwater by 2020, as per NITI Aayog report

    Niti Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index report highlights that 21 major Indian cities, including Chennai, Delhi,  Bengaluru will run out of ground water by 2020, and affecting 100 million people. It further stated that 40% Indian population will have no access to drinking water by 2030 and that India will lose 6% GDP by 2050 due to the crisis.

    Mumbai shops, bars to not sell liquor for 3 days from June 23 to 25 over polls

    Due to Maharashtra Legislative Council elections scheduled to be conducted on June 25, Bars and shops in Mumbai have been prohibited from selling liquor from June 23-25. These will be in addition to the nine official dry days that the state has in a year. Alcohol sale is also banned in the city on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on June 16.

    India To Host European Union Film Festival from 18th June

    The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) 2018 will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. The festival will be organised in 11 Indian cities: New Delhi, Chennai, Port Blair, Pune, Puducherry, Kolkata, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Goa from 18th June till 31st August. The Festival will be inaugurated by the Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.  

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis seeks World Bank support for twin projects

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva at Washington DC. Two projects were mooted for the World Bank’s assistance: 1) Rural transformation through sustainable livelihood in 10,000 villages and 2) A multimodal transport corridor in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Ford Motor Company submitted a proposal of 50 million USD for setting up a Centre of Excellence for integrated mobility in Maharashtra.

    Indias exports hit 6 month high of 28.86 billion dollar in May

    Indias exports hit 6 month high of 28.86 billion dollar in May. Costlier crude also caused imports to grow 15% in the month, leaving a four month high trade deficit of $14.62 billion, or about Rs 99,975 crore. Major commodity groups of export showing positive growth over the corresponding month of last year included petroleum products (104.47%), organic and inorganic chemicals (34.21%), drugs and pharmaceuticals (25.67%), cotton yarn (24.7%), and engineering goods (14.77%).

    SBI to stop handling Iran oil payments after US President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran nuclear deal

    SBI (State Bank of India) has informed refiners it will not handle payments for crude from Iran from November 2018. Such a move from the SBI would come after US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran on May 8 and said he would reimpose sanctions within 180 days. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), owner of the world's biggest refining complex, plans to halt oil imports from Iran while Rosneft-promoted Nayara Energy has started cutting purchases from this month.

    This EID in Lucknow, sewais named after PM Modi and Yogi Adityanath

    A restaurant in Lucknow has organized a two-day ‘Sewai Festival’ to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr - the festival that is celebrated after the holy month of Ramzan and has named two of the 50 sewai dishes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The restaurant charges ₹800 per kg for the 'Modi Modern India Sewai', the 'Yogi Ji Maharaj Special Saffron Sewai' costs ₹1,200 a kg.  

    Around three trillion tonnes of ice melts in Antarctica, significant rise in water level

    A new study by an international team of scientists shown that more than three trillion tonnes of ice have melted in Antarctica since the year 1992. This shows that the ice loss is now triple than the normal amount which is going to lead to a dramatic rise in sea levels. Because of all the melted ice, the global sea level has risen by 7.6 millimetres. According to scientists, this water is enough to cover Texas to a calculated depth of 13 feet.

    Gujarat tops Niti Aayog's composite water management index; while Jharkhand ranked lowest

    Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari released Niti Aayog's composite water management index report in New Delhi Yesterday. Gujarat topped the list while Jharkhand was adjudged as the worst performer. Gujarat is followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.  In the northeastern and Himalayan states, Tripura has been adjudged as the top state in 2016-17 followed by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam. Niti Aayog has ranked the states through first of its kind index on the composite water management, comprising 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects.  The report predicted that by 2030, the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people. 

    Twenty States Sign MoU For Implementing Ayushman Bharat - NHP Mission

    Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). Smt. Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare and Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog were also present at the function. A web portal for initiating the empanelment of hospitals under the mission was also launched.

    Niti Aayogs Composite Water Management Index: Gujarat Tops, Jharkhand Lowest

    Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari released Niti Aayog’s composite water management index report in New Delhi. Gujarat topped the list while Jharkhand was adjudged as the worst performer. Gujarat is followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.  In the northeastern and Himalayan states, Tripura has been adjudged as the top state in 2016-17 followed by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam. Niti Aayog has ranked the states through first of its kind index on the composite water management, comprising 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects.

    Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan meets Ambassadors from OPEC countries to India

    Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met the Ambassadors from OPEC countries and expressed concern about rising crude oil prices and its negative impact on consumers across the world, particularly in India.  At a meeting in New Delhi, Mr Padhan emphasized that global crude prices have gone beyond the threshold which can be sustained by the world. He highlighted that market fundamentals do not support such high prices.  He urged the OPEC Ambassadors to convey the message to their Governments regarding the need to move to responsible pricing. He also urged them to move to transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas.   India has a strong engagement with the OPEC countries and top 8 suppliers of crude oil to India are OPEC Member countries.  The block accounted for about 83 per cent of country's total crude oil imports, during the last financial year. Mr Pradhan is scheduled to visit Vienna next week to participate in the 7th OPEC International Seminar to further discuss these key issues.

    Integrated Command And Control Centre Of Naya Raipur Smart City Inaugurated

    The Integrated Command and Control Centre of the Naya Raipur Smart City was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Integrated Command & Control Centre of Naya Raipurbecomes the 10th Smart City Centre to be operational in the country. Under the ambitious Smart City Mission, ICCC in 9 cities had already become operational viz. Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal and Kakinada. Naya Raipur is one of the 3 Smart Cities of Chhattisgarh selected under the Smart Cities Mission. The other two cities are Raipur and Bilaspur.  

    Dr. Inder Jit Singh Assumes Charge As Secretary, Ministry Of Coal

    Dr. Inder Jit Singh assumed charge as  Secretary, Ministry of Coal at  Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi. Dr. Inder Jit Singh took over the charge of  Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Susheel Kumar. In the interim, Secretary Mines, Anil G Mukhim had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.

    Inflation Rises To 14-Month High Of 4.43% In May

    Inflation based on wholesale prices shot up to a 14-month high of 4.43% in May on increasing prices of petrol and diesel as well as vegetables. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation stood at 3.18%in April and 2.26% in May 2017. According to government data released, inflation in food articles was at 1.60% in May 2018, as against 0.87% in the preceding month. Inflation in vegetables climbed to 2.51% in May, while in the previous month it was (-)0.89%. Inflation in ‘fuel and power’ basket rose sharply to 11.22% in May from 7.85% in April as prices of domestic fuel increased in line with rising global crude oil rates.

    Indian-American Dhivya Suryadevara To Become CFO Of General Motors

    An Indian-American woman, Dhivya Suryadevara named the Chief Finance Officer of the US’ largest automaker, General Motors. Ms. Suryadevara, currently the vice president of corporate finance, will succeed Chuck Stevens, the General Motor’s present CFO, on September 1, 2018. She will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Barra, 56, who has been head of the automaker since 2014.

    Maharashtra Government, Quebec Province Sign Pact To Increase Economic Cooperation

    The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, especially in areas of information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community.  Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was on a week-long tour to the US and Canada signed MoU to this effect with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. They also discussed ways to increase collaboration over knowledge-sharing on ports.

    Sulabh Founder Honoured With Japan's Nikkei Asia Prize

    Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak was honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination. Launched in 1996, the award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas of regional growth; science, technology & innovation and culture & community.

    Cashless Ticketing Through 'Utsonmobile' App Developed By CRIS

    The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) developed a mobile-based application ‘utsonmobile'. The ‘utsonmobile’ application enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and helps maintain user profile management and booking history.

    Raksha Mantri Inaugurates 1st BEL Representative Office In Vietnam

    Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the first Representative Office of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Smt Sitharaman handed over the symbolic key of the Representative Office of BEL at Vietnam (VIRO) to Chairman & Managing Director, BEL Mr Gowtama MV during the Vietnam-India Defence Industry Business Meeting. The Representative Office will aim to promote BEL’s exports in areas such as Weapon Systems, Radar Systems, Naval Systems, Military Communication Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Combat Management System and Coastal Surveillance System.

    HDFC Banks Proposal To Raise Additional Share Capital Approved

    Union Cabinet approved the proposal for grant of permission to HDFC Bank to raise additional share capital of up to a maximum of 24,000 crore rupees. The composite foreign shareholding in the Bank will not exceed 74% of the enhanced paid-up equity share capital of the bank. According to the Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, the proposed investment is expected to strengthen the capital adequacy ratio of the bank. The Cabinet also approved reconstitution of North Eastern Council (NEC). Home Minister will be the ex officio chairman of NEC and the Minister of State for DoNER will serve as Vice Chairman of the council.

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to release Composite Water Management Index

    Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari will release the Composite Water Management Index in New Delhi today.  NITI Aayog has come up with the Index in view of limitations on availability of water resources and the rising demand for water. It is an attempt to inspire States and Union Territories towards efficient and optimal utilization of water followed by recycling.

    India Gives 99 Million Nepalese Rupees For Final Phase Of Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project

    India extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country's southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity. The assistance has been extended as part of the final payment for the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project, which was launched in January 2017 to boost growth to the Himalayan nation's agricultural sector through enhanced facilities. With this aid, Indian has so far released a total of 227.6 million Nepalese rupees to Kathmandu for implementing the project.

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